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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Monday, December 11 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Advancing Environmental and Labour Priorities Through Trade Agreements

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The development and implementation of provisions related to sustainable development has recently emerged as a two-speed process: while limited progress is being observed at the WTO-level, several bilateral and regional trade agreements have been increasingly featuring a wide variety of measures, including regulatory commitments, labour- and environment-related instruments, and cooperation mechanisms. This session seeks to explore how sustainability concerns, in particular labour and environmental provisions, are incorporated in regional trade agreements (and mega-regionals) and what benefits and challenges arise from these provisions. Additionally, the session tries to identify suitable provisions that could be multilateralised or at least adapted to further the discussion at the multilateral level (i.e. WTO or other international fora).

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Dr. Gustavo Beliz

Director, Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL)
Lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires with postgraduate studies in the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom. Current Director of the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with focus on... Read More →

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Axel Berger

Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Dr. Axel Berger is a researcher at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE), Department for World Economy and Development Finance, Bonn. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a Master degree from... Read More →
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Peter Draper

Managing Director, Tutwa Consulting Group
Peter Draper is Managing Director at TUTWA Consulting Group, which specialises in policy and regulatory analysis, international business expansion advisory, and corporate public affairs advisory, in Southern African and emerging markets. In South Africa, he is also Senior Research... Read More →
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Pablo Arturo Lazo Grandi

Labour Attaché, Chilean Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva
Pablo Lazo-Grandi is a Chilean Lawyer, who recently chaired the revision of the ILO Tripartite Declaration on EMNs, is also member of the ILO’s Advisory Committee on the workers’ rights in globalized economies and has been a Senior Advisor to the Chilean Director General of International... Read More →

Mathias Kende

Deputy Trade Policy Committee, Directorate General European Affairs, Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs
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Gail Strickler

President of Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC
Gail W. Strickler is the President of Global Trade for Brookfield Associates, LLC., a consulting group that helps organizations, governments and businesses develop and coordinate their global trade policy. Ms. Strickler served as the Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles... Read More →
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Madelaine Tuininga

Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable Development, DG Trade, European Commission
Madelaine Tuininga works for the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission since 1998. Since 2016, she is head of unit of the unit in DG Trade responsible for trade and sustainable development. The unit covers a broad area of topics, including trade aspects of labour... Read More →
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Peter Waldorff

Adviser, LO - The Danish Trade Union Confederation
Peter Waldorff, born 1955, is a Danish citizen. He has taken up a broad range of functions within the trade union movement. With a background in public services at the Municipality Lyngby-Taarbaek outside Copenhagen at the age of 25 he started working for the trade union HK Denmark... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento